Byline: by PAUL NEWMAN
Eoin MoRGAn, the Rush native about to be fast-tracked into Test cricket, is adamant he has the patience to bat for five or six hours. 'Mind you,' he said, 'i might get about 400 if i do. That wouldn't be a bad start!' Morgan looks sure to become only the sixth irishman to play Test cricket, and the first for 104 years, when England face Bangladesh at Lord's tomorrow. And he is convinced that the longer game will not change him.
it is with a mind-boggling, audacious unorthodoxy, mixed with considerable power, that Morgan has announced himself in limitedovers cricket since swapping his native land for England last year.
now he is preparing to bring his unique style to the ultimate form of the game, with England planning to bat him at six while Paul Collingwood is rested from this two-Test series. And if Morgan, 23, gets his chance against the minnows of Test cricket he is determined to do it his way.
'The way i bat will be dictated by the situation in the game,' said Morgan. 'But if the percentages are in my favour i will play my shots, there's no doubt about that. i won't be shy about it.' He has no worries about recriminations if an attempted paddle or reverse-reverse sweep leads to a foolish-looking dismissal.
'i have no fear about getting it wrong,' he said. 'i've played reverse sweeps millions of times and i've only got out to them perhaps 10 per cent of the time.' Morgan's ice-cool temperament has earned him his chance, more than a modest first-class average of 36 that slipped to 24 during a mediocre 2009 with Middlesex.
England, simply, think Morgan is made of the right stuff. 'My temperament is a major part of my game and i can take confidence from knowing i've now put performances in under pressure,' he said. 'i've shown some consistency over the last few months and got a weight of runs under my belt, which has stood me in good stead. …